It's really that simple. You are the sum of the five people you spend the most time with, and there’s a quote by Edmund Lee that says it all:
It’s so simple, but most people are not intentional about who they spend time with. If you want to be happy, hang out with happy people. If you want to make lots of money, surround yourself with people who make lots of money. It’s not rocket science.
So make those five people the happiest, most positive, uplifting people you can find. People who build you up and speak hope. People who make you excited about living this life. People who make you want to be a better person.
This reality is both a blessing and a curse, because the opposite is also very true. If you surround yourself with negative people, you will start to become like them. If you want to be sad all the time, just spend some time with a depressed person.
But life is much too short to not see the good in everything. There isn’t enough time in the day to be depressed. Be happy instead. It’s a choice, and you have the choice of surrounding yourself with people who drag you down or people who lift you up and push you to become a better person.
The choice is yours. Get rid of those who drag you down. You deserve better.